The Court affirms, holding that the Convention superseded the Seaman’s Wage Act and that Arguelles did not apply here.
“In Arguelles, the Court considered whether the provisions of the Seaman’s Wage Act were displaced by the subsequent enactment of the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA), which ‘provides a federal remedy to enforce grievance and arbitration provisions of collective‑bargaining agreements’ in commercial industries. Supra, at 352. The Supreme Court held that the LMRA did not abrogate the Seaman’s Wage Act remedy.” [Slip op. 2].
In the Court’s view, “the underlying basis of the Supreme Court’s decision in Arguelles was the fact that there was nothing in the language or legislative history of the LMRA to indicate an intent to abrogate the statutory right to sue in federal court afforded by the Seaman’s Wage Act.” [Slip op. 3].